February 26, 2015, by Lee Chrimes
BUCS round-up 25 February 2015
The fixture list comprised both league and cup action this week, and our teams built upon their recent good form with the exact same return as last Wednesday: 26 wins and 5 draws at a rate of 51%.
The Men’s Football 2nd XI have been outstanding all season and continued their run of victories by thrashing Northampton 2nd 4-0 at Highfields. The 3rd XI also made of the most of their home advantage in a 1-0 win over Lincoln 1st, whilst the 4th team made the long trip to Cambridge 2nd for a top of the table clash. Their crucial 2-0 victory propels them back to the summit of Midlands 4B and sets the season up for a nerve-racking finale. Overall, it was clean sweep for the men this Wednesday, with all three teams keeping clean sheets too.
With league deadlines drawing ever closer, the Netball club know that they have a matter of weeks to save their season. The 2nd team responded in fine style, producing a fantastic display to defeat second place (and title contenders) Birmingham 2nd 30-27 at University Park. Away from home, the 3rd team pulled off an upset by beating Leicester 1st 39-21. Both teams have moved off the bottom of the table and out of the relegation places in Midlands 2A and 2B respectively with survival looking likely. Elsewhere, the 4th team beat Trent 33-43.
The Men’s Rugby Union 1st XV built on last week’s huge win by overturning Newcastle 24-21 in a nail-biting affair. It has been a strong end to the season for the young side who have maintained their status as a Premier North A side. The 3rd XV ran in six tries during a bonus point win 36-17 away at Bedfordshire (Bedford) 1st and have moved top of Midlands 2B in the process. They willbe assured of promotion with a win against bottom side Anglia Ruskin in the final round of games in week 16.
Returning to league action were cup favourites and league winners Women’s Basketball 1st. They yet again produced the goods in a 30-98 win at Aston, and will take confidence going into their Conference Cup semi-final next week. The Men’s 1st team also turned on the heat by beating Northampton 1st 83-69 in the 4pm game at Jubilee Sports Centre, moving up to 3rd in Midlands 1A in the process.
It was a great day for Men’s Hockey, with the 2nd XI beating Lincoln 1st 6-1 to secure promotion from Midlands 2A and the 4th XI’s 7-1 drubbing of Birmingham City 1st means their clash with Trent at University Park in two weeks’ time will be a winner takes all clash for promotion from Midlands 4A. In the Championship Cup, the Men’s 1st XI progressed to the semi-final after a momentous performance against Premier South winners Bath 1st, coming out 3-2 victors. They will face fellow Premier North outfit Durham in the next round.
That wasn’t the end of the Championship Cup success, as five other team booked their places in the semi-finals. The Women’s Badminton 1st will face Premier North table toppers Loughborough 1st after a 5-3 win over Brighton 1st, and the Men’s Lacrosse 1st team battered Bristol 1st 22-6 at the Riverside Sports Complex to set up a tie with Oxford 1st. The Women’s Table Tennis 1st team will go away to Scottish 1A winners Strathclyde after thumping Sussex 4-0 and the Women’s Squash 1st team comfortably beat Kings College London 1st 4-0 in the evening game at University Park, to confirm their fixture with Cardiff Met.
Turning to the Trophy Cup, the Women’s Fencing 1st team will fancy their chances against a Stirling 1st side who did not win a league game this year in their semi-final on the 11th March, thanks to a 135-79 defeat of Cambridge 1st at Sutton Bonington. Likewise, the Men’s Rugby League 1st team beat Manchester 24-14 and face Northern 1A Champions Leeds 1st at Highfields in the semi-final, whereas the Men’s Futsal 2nd team face Nottingham 1st in an intra-club quarter-final at LE12 after snatching a 4-3 victory against Loughborough last Sunday.
Another return above 50% has maintained our place at 3rd in the overall BUCS standings, with 1720 league points and 511 cup points increasing our total to 2493.
Position and points accurate at time of press
BUCS weekly report by Sebastian Chmielinski